This page contains details about the meditation style that I teach. Click here to begin the process of learning to meditate.
What meditation style do you practice and teach?
I practice and teach Vedic Meditation. It is transcendent technique in which the meditator uses a mantra in order to transcend the field of thought and experience the field of being. It is practiced for twenty minutes, twice a day.
How is this style of meditation different than the other ones out there?
Allows us to transcend the level of the mind
With the other styles, the mind is used throughout the duration of the meditation, which is an oxymoron, since many people meditate in order to “quiet the mind.” They’re still bouncing from thought to thought to thought, now only with their eyes closed. With a transcendent technique, the mantra is introduced on the level of the mind, but due to the nature of how it works, the mantra moves downwards, vertically to explore its depths. The difference becomes experiencing the mind from a horizontal (lateral) vs. vertical (depth) level. The vertical level is the direction towards where the field of being is, and the mantra is the vehicle and the key that takes us to there.
A technique for householders
A householder is someone like you and me — one who has a job, relationships, and is integrated into society. By practicing Vedic Meditation for twenty minutes, twice a day, it is by design meant to be integrated into our daily lives, alongside our societal obligations. Other techniques come from a monastic approach. That is why to practice them requires a relatively more physically and mentally rigorous modality with spines straight, sitting in a lotus position, holding a mudra, and chanting or concentrating for hours. These techniques are suitable for monks who live in caves and forests and dedicate their lives to this kind of stuff. None of that is required in Vedic Meditation.
A consistent and systematic way to dissolve accumulated stress
Because Vedic Meditation is a transcendent technique, a happenstance benefit of practicing is the dissolution of accumulated stress in our physiology. There is a good amount of science behind it, which you can find out more about in one of my free events. I will also discuss this phenomenon in further detail during the 4-day course.
At the conclusion of the four-day course, you will be a fully self-sufficient meditator for the rest of your life. You will not need a teacher, app, gong, or class in order to meditate. However, since your course fee includes a lifetime membership into the global Vedic Meditation community with all of its benefits, you have the option to continually refresh your learning and dive deeper into the knowledge. The choice is completely up to you. In either case, your self-sufficiency is guaranteed.
Is this style of meditation for me?
This style of meditation requires two things in order for you to practice: 1) the ability to think and 2) that you sit easily with your back supported and head free. That’s it!
What does the course look like?
How much does it cost, and why is it structured that way?
The course fee is a modern day rendition of how you would’ve learned thousands of years ago in the Himalayas. You would’ve had to hike for 8 days up the mountains, carrying fruit, flowers, and one week’s worth of your earnings (if you were a potato farmer, you would’ve hauled one week’s worth of potatoes that you grew). Fruit and flowers since the teachers lived in high altitude, so these items were real treats in that terrain, and one week’s worth of earnings as an exchange of value. In order for a transformation to occur, there needs to be an exchange of energy that is of equal or greater value. Presenting a week’s worth of your potatoes, your livelihood, was a declaration of the value that you brought, in recognition of the value of the teacher’s knowledge, practice, training, and devotion to teaching you in the purity of the tradition. In our modern day, these tokens are translated into a Universal currency — money. No need to haul a sack of potatoes.
The course fee is structured as follows:
Why is it so expensive?
It’s actually not in comparison to how much the average person spends per year on managing their stress. The price of all of the coffee, cigarettes, sleeping pills, junk food, therapy, and alcohol may be small with each transaction, but because of the high frequency of purchase, it could add up to over $9000 a year. The below chart presents a cost comparison between drop-in meditation classes and the cost of managing stress via dependencies. The course fee becomes more economical since the one-time fee (or installment payments) is paid only once in your lifetime, as opposed to having to continually fund your stress dependencies.
Vedic Meditation is a super premium product because of how it’s taught, the preservation of the knowledge throughout millennia, the ease of practice, its relevance and staying power, and the effects gained in all aspects of your life. There is a reason why you have to keep on funding drop-in meditation classes — you are not guaranteed self-sufficiency after attending what could possibly be an infinite amount of classes. The decision to meditate is a critical inflection point. We all want it to stick, and the value paid in order to realize the value gained is enough to create the transformation that you are seeking. The transformation point lasts for only a matter of seconds, but in order for the subsequent effects it to be impactful and long-lasting, the right components have to be in place, and cost/value is a major component of that process.
What does the course fee include?
The course fee includes the four-day course, ongoing support through weekly emails for your first six months, and unlimited lifetime access to the global Vedic Meditation community by re-taking the course, attending group meditations and knowledge meetings, attending retreats and special events, and the option to take advanced courses — all with either myself or any Vedic Meditation teacher around the world. Your course fee also supports our current volunteering initiative in bringing meditation to a federal, maximum-security prison in the greater NYC area.